FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2011
JU looks to get back to winning ways in key A-Sun game versus Lipscomb
The JU men’s basketball team will look to regain momentum when it hosts Atlantic Sun-rival Lipscomb on Saturday at Swisher Gymnasium. Tipoff is set for 3:15 p.m.

JU (14-7, 8-4 in A-Sun) looks to repeat its performance in Nashville. The Dolphins picked up their first win at Lipscomb during the regular season, 60-56, back in early January.

Against Belmont on Thursday, freshman guard Keith McDougald scored a team-high 15 points to keep as one of four Dolphins in double figures. McDougald’s effort—which included a pair of three-pointers— marked the second straight game he led JU in scoring.

Dolphins overall leading-scorer Ayron Hardy paced the offensive attack in the first meeting against Lipscomb. The senior forward scored 16 points and hauled in seven rebounds to propel his squad to a close win at Allen Arena. That victory also marked a personal milestone for Hardy as he became the 28th player in school history to score 1,000 career points.

The Dolphins defense will face a key test against a Lipscomb offense that boasts the A-Sun’s second-leading scoring offense at just over 76 points per game. Delwan Graham recorded four steals, five rebounds and three blocks against Belmont and will be asked to use his 6-7 frame to prevent Lipscomb from finding room to operate in the paint.

Graham and his teammates will need to fortify its defensive rebounding and positioning to limit Lipscomb’s Adnan Hodzic. The Bisons senior forward leads the A-Sun by averaging 18.3 points per game. JU limited Hodzic to just 10 field goal attempts in the previous matchup.

Lipscomb’s offense is more than just inside power with Hodzic. The Bisons average 6.7 three-pointers per game. But JU held a sharp-shooting Belmont unit to just a trio of three-pointers in defending the perimeter well and will look to employ a similar strategy in its next game. The Dolphins held Lipscomb to 4-of-20 shooting from beyond the arc last month.

JU will also need to make most of its offensive chances. Lipscomb is the top-ranked defensive rebounding unit in the A-Sun. The Dolphins shot just 4-for-17 beyond the arc against the Bruins but made 46.4 percent of its field goals overall.